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Vidya Balan, Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor welcome to the Academy 2021

This year, actor Vidya Balan, film producers Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor will be among the 395 executive members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

While Vidya has been known for films such as ‘Tumhari Sulu’ and ‘Kahaani,’ Ekta Kapoor has been renowned for films such as ‘Dream Girl,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai,’ and others. Shobha Kapoor, on the other hand, has two films under her belt: ‘Udta Punjab’ and ‘The Dirty Picture.’

Oscar winners Yuh-Jung Youn, Emerald Fennell, and Florian Zeller will be among the celebs that will be joining Vidya, Ekta, and Shobha. Henry Golding, Vanessa Kirby, Robert Pattinson, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are some of the other artists that have worked with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

The Academy recently tweeted, “It’s time to reveal our new members!” after announcing the names of their “Class of 2021.” Meet the members of the Class of 2021. #WeAreTheAcademy”.

Last year, 819 professionals, including Bollywood star Alia Bhatt, Hrithik Roshan, filmmaker Nishtha Jain, Amit Madheshiya, designer Neeta Lulla, casting director Nandhini Shrikant, and others were inducted into the coveted list.

“To permit stable future growth and to provide the required infrastructure, personnel resources, and atmosphere to serve all Academy members, the Academy has limited the number of executives this year,” the Academy said in a statement.

Following criticism over its disproportionate Caucasian representation that allegedly influenced the Oscars’ voting process, the Academy appears to be making adjustments to emphasize inclusiveness and diversity in its voting body. The ‘Class of 2021′ now includes 46 percent women, 39 percent members of various racial/ethnic groupings, and 53 percent foreign students from 50 countries across the world.

Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Irrfan Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Salman Khan, and directors Goutam Ghose and Buddhadeb Dasgupta were among the Indian celebrities who had previously joined the Academy to vote at the Oscars.